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Shrimp jambalaya with lentils and sausage in a white skillet

Lentil Shrimp Jambalaya {Grain Free}

  • Author: lindsay cotter
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x


One Pot Lentil Shrimp Jambalaya Bowls {Grain Free}


Units Scale
  • 1 1/4 cup (170 grams) sliced pre-cooked andouille sausage or chicken sausage (see notes for uncooked sausage instructions)
  • 12 Tablespoons light olive oil or butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 2/3 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced (deseed for less spicy)
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups cooked lentils or 1-1 1/4 cup uncooked lentils (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cajun creole seasoning blend, more if desired
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1416 ounces medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail off (see notes for precooked shrimp)
  • 1 cup sliced okra, fresh or frozen
  • Slurry: 1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch mixed with 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • Toppings: crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt, freshly-cracked black pepper, fresh parsley, Cajun red hot sauce


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add 1 Tablespoon oil. {NOTE: If using uncooked sausage, brown 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and remove from the pot and set aside. Extra oil will be needed for sautéing veggies.}


Cooking Tips – For easy prep, use pre-cooked shrimp and sausage and add them to the cooked veggies and lentils. Stir on medium heat for 5 minutes for flavors to combine. If jambalaya is too thick, mix in 1/2 cup chicken broth. 

Lentils – In a large pot, bring 3 cups of liquid (water or broth) to a boil. Add 1 1/4 cups of rinsed lentils. Cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Drain water from the lentils and set aside in a bowl.

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: stew
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: Cajun


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 343
  • Sugar: 5.1 g
  • Sodium: 452.8 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.3 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 36.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 168.1 mg

Keywords: lentil dinner, cajun shrimp, gluten free jambalaya, dairy free, healthy one pot meal, seafood, grain free